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Although Lima is a transit city to Cusco and other cities in Peru, it has an enormous colonial charm that is worth discovering with our own eyes. Besides, one day in Lima is not enough, and for this reason we will give you the best recommendations to make the most of your temporary trip.

If you want zero hassle, you can also book a private transfer to your accommodation in Lima. There are many things to see in Lima with this small itinerary.

While you are traveling to Peru you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to have a  tourist sim card. In order to make a nice trip here in PeruSIM.  Here are some places to visit in the historical center of Lima.

Larco Museum

If it’s your turn to choose the museum in Lima in one day head to Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, one of the 25 best museums in the world according to TripAdvisor located in the district of Pueblo Libre. When you go, the first thing to see is a video that provides important information to make the visit meaningful. Once inside, you’ll discover a large collection of pre-Columbian art that helps you understand the fascinating history of ancient Peru.

General admission for adults is 30 PEN (Nuevos soles) and free for children up to eight (8) years old. This museum is also a place to try typical Peruvian dishes in its café-restaurant.

Lima Main Square: Places of Interest

Also known as the Plaza Mayor. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Peru with a clear colonial style. Around it are several emblematic buildings such as the Palace of Government of Peru or Casa de Pizarro, a place that was home to the representative of Spain during the Viceroyalty and current seat of the President of the Republic. If you are around 11:45AM and 5:45PM you will have the alternative to see the changing of the guard that takes place from Monday to Sunday.

Also, there are the Cathedral of Lima that combines Gothic and Baroque style; the Parish of the Sagrario; the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima; the Municipal Palace of Lima and the Club de la Union.

The Cathedral of Lima.

One of the most famous streets that end or start in this square is the Jiron de la Union, a pedestrian street with stores and beautiful buildings that ends at the Plaza San Martin, if you decide to walk there.

House of Peruvian Literature

The House of Peruvian Literature is a place to spread the knowledge of Peruvian literature. If you are a literature lover this is the ideal place to discover books of yesteryear with a curious decoration of stairs and walls with texts. There are two libraries: Mario Vargas Llosa’s library and one for children. If you feel like it, there is a café overlooking some old rails. Admission is free.

Basilica and Convent of San Francisco de Lima

It is a very important stop of clear baroque style to continue knowing the history of Lima. The central square attracts adults and children by the large number of pigeons which can be fed and give a special magic to the walk. One of the essential activities is to visit the subway Catatombs found in 1943, experience that has a fee of 15 PEN (nuevos soles).

Recommendation. You can have a guide at your disposal, you can opt for the Private Tour in Lima of 4 hours: all in Spanish up to four travelers, walking tour and ticket in public transport. Pick up is at your accommodation.

Lima’s Chinatown

If there are additional hours of Lima in one day. It is recommend you to go to the Chinatown area very close to the Plaza de Armas, an area a little busy full of stores as it is the Central Market, an area of Lima wholesale for small traders in the city.

In this neighborhood, especially on Calle Capon and Jr. Paruro, you can try chifa food, a Chinese and Peruvian fusion cuisine, one of the most delicious and very popular in Peru.Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.